NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION (NATO)
Upon being granted authorization to access NATO Classified Information, I acknowledge by my
signature below that I am aware of the following requirements which must be followed regarding the use
of NATO Classified Information:
1. The ACRONYM NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) is applied to classified information
that represents military, political, and economic data, circulated with NATO and by NATO,
regardless if the information originates within the organization itself, or is received from a member
2. MARKING: NATO classified material is conspicuously identified by the acronym "NATO" on
the TOP & BOTTOM of the material, in addition to the overall classification of the document.
This signifies that the document is the property of NATO. Example (SECRET/NATO.) A TOP
SECRET document that is NATO is marked and identified as TOP SECRET/COSMIC. When
NATO information is considered "UNCLASSIFIED," the document is marked
"NATO/RESTRICTED" or "RESTRICTED."
3. PREPARATION: Except for COSMIC TOP SECRET material, permission is not required for
inclusion of references, extracts, or paraphrases taken from other NATO classified documents,
when necessary for contractor generated documents in the performance of a NATO contract. When
NATO classified information is included in other documents, the NATO classified information
must be identified within the document by marking each paragraph with the appropriate NATO
marking. (Example: S-NATO). In addition, a statement will be included on the cover or first page
that reads, "THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS NATO INFORMATION."
4. REPRODUCTION: Reproduction of NATO material is authorized in accordance with present
procedures. In the case of COSMIC TOP SECRET information, reproduction requests shall be
forwarded by the contractor to the Central U.S. Registry (CUSR) for approval.
5. ACCESS: Access to NATO classified information is granted to U.S. Citizens having a "NEED-
TO-KNOW" and a final government security clearance. Access is not granted to Immigrant Aliens,
regardless of clearance. An Interim TOP SECRET clearance is valid for access at the SECRET and
CONFIDENTIAL level only. U.S. Citizens who require access to NATO RESTRICTED
information must have a "NEED-TO-KNOW" for the information, but a security clearance is not
6. STORAGE: All NATO material, regardless of classification, must be stored in a container
approved for the storage of TOP SECRET, SECRET & CONFIDENTIAL information. All NATO
material shall be stored separately (to the extent possible) within an approved container. The
combination to the container or storage facility must be changed annually, or earlier if an
individual having knowledge of the combination transfers or terminates employment.
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7. TRANSMISSION: When SECRET or CONFIDENTIAL NATO classified information is prepared
for transmission, the inner container must be marked NATO, in addition to the overall
classification. TOP SECRET information is marked "COSMIC" in addition to TOP SECRET.
Transmission of NATO SECRET or NATO CONFIDENTIAL material within the U.S. and its
territories must be mailed via U.S. Registered Mail. Documents classified NATO RESTRICTED
shall be packaged and mailed as U.S. First Class Mail, and may be single wrapped.
8. DESTRUCTION: NATO documentation may be destroyed in accordance with existing
procedures, unless otherwise indicated by the releasing agency.
9. Only individuals who have been given this briefing are authorized to have NATO classified
information, or the combination of containers where the material is stored.
10. I am also aware of my continuing individual security responsibility for safeguarding NATO
classified information. Further, that when I am in a NATO country, I am subject to the laws of that
country pertaining to handling of classified information.
I certify that I have read and understand the above information and agree to comply
with the requirements that have been set forth.
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